The first flight carrying pilgrims has taken off from Ninewa Airport to Jeddah International Airport, a civilian source said on Saturday.
“The plane, carrying 223 pilgrims from local residents aboard, took off this afternoon,” the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Umra is a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year. It is sometimes called the ‘minor pilgrimage’ or ‘lesser pilgrimage’, the Hajj being the ‘major’ pilgrimage and which is compulsory for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.
(Aswat Al Iraq)